The Twins have placed Joe Mauer on the disabled list with a strained oblique. It sounds like there was some soreness there prior to the incident, but on a double in yesterday's contest Mauer aggravated the issue.
Mauer sustained the injury on a swing in the fourth inning of Tuesday's game against the Royals. Mauer doubled to left field on the swing, but he said it aggravated his oblique, which had been sore for at least a week.
Mauer, who was riding a 12-game hitting streak, had been hitting .320/.370/.440 over his last 19 games. That stretch also included nine doubles and 13 runs batted in, and was hopefully a harbinger of a return to form. This isn't the first time we've heard about Mauer playing through pain this season, so hopefully this 15-day stint on the disabled list gives him a little rest and allows him to come back healthy and ready to hit after the All-Star break.
Speaking of which, the timing couldn't be worse. Mr. Minnesota, the home grown golden boy, will be unable to participate in the Midsummer Classic. While he certainly wouldn't have made the team on merit, it's a shame that this generation's greatest Twins hitter won't be taking part at the game while it's at Target Field.
Taking Mauer's place on the roster will be Chris Colabello. One of baseball's best underdog stories in April, Colabello hit .346/.386/.577 through his first 83 plate appearances before the scouting reports picked him apart. He hit just .110/.167/.164 in the 20 games following before his demotion, including no hits in his final 23 plate appearances.
If you want to believe that he's capable of improving, then you'll be pleased with his performance in Triple-A. Colabello has hit .275/.347/.473 in 36 games, collecting six homers and eight doubles to go with 14 walks versus 34 strikeouts. He'll be splitting time at first base with Kendrys Morales and Chris Parmelee, depending on how Gardy fills in his lineup card.
Let's hope Colabello's learned a few things with the Red Wings This offense needs all the production it can scrounge up.